“I’ve got no interest in listening to you, young lady,” congressional candidate Martin Hyde, 56, on bodycam video, told the police officer who’d stopped him. The officer allegedly stopped Hyde for speeding, 57 mph in a 40-mph zone, and texting while driving.
The candidate was so blatantly bullying, it seemed almost set up as a “mock scene” for recruits at a police academy. Though Hyde never uttered the exact cliche, I’ll have your job, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, he told her, “You’re making career decisions.”
Hyde “asked her if it was her ‘Russian immigrant status’ that made her ‘talk to people like this.’” The officer is an immigrant from Latvia. “I’ll just call the chief. How about that?” Hyde blurted. “You know who I am, right? You’re talking to a congressional candidate like this.”
Hyde demanded a supervisor respond to the scene. The officer gave Hyde citation instructions and then said he could wait in his car for the supervisor. Instead, Hyde got out, so the officer called for another unit for an “extremely uncooperative” subject.
Hyde wanted her to apologize, but she told him she’d done nothing wrong. After the supervisor arrived, Hyde told the sergeant they’d both pay “the price for being disrespectful.” The video shows the officer is calm and professional.
At one point, Hyde said to the officer, “I’ve got no interest in listening to you, young lady.”
NBC News Channel 8 reported Hyde, a Republican, later released a “public apology” to the officer. Hyde said, “I tried to bully her. I’m not proud of it.” Observers could be forgiven for wondering how sincere his apology was.
The Herald-Tribune also reported there have been past instances of similar behavior. Police documents say, during a 2013 traffic incident, Hyde also threatened to call that officer’s police chief.
The newspaper also reported in 2019, while running for Sarasota city commissioner, Hyde allegedly told a Puerto Rican tennis player to “cut the grass.”
At a news conference, when someone said, “You said cut some grass, man,” on video Hyde replies, “Yes, so what?” Hyde says he meant that reply for a different allegation.
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